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Updated on July 9th, 2020
Global Health Alert
The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
Health Alert on American Citizens Services
In response to public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, at this time only emergency American Citizen Services are available at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia and Consulates General in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, and Recife, as well as the Consular Agencies in Manaus, Salvador, and Fortaleza. To schedule an emergency appointment for time sensitive or urgent cases, email the closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate (see contact information below).
Note: U.S. Consular Agencies do not issue same-day emergency passports.
In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Embassies and consulates have canceled all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 20, 2020, but will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services as resources and local conditions allow. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. Please see more information on the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia’s website.
Entry and Exit Requirements
Entry into Brazil
On June 30, Brazil extended for an additional 30 days (through July 29) the decree banning foreigners from entering the country by air, land, and sea. This is an extension of previous border closures and includes new exemptions Those in the following categories are exempt: Brazilian citizens, born or naturalized; Permanent residents of Brazil; Foreign professionals employed by a non-governmental aid organization recognized by the Brazilian government; Foreign officials accredited by the Brazilian government; Spouse, domestic partner, son or daughter, father or mother, or caregiver of a Brazilian citizen; Any person whose entrance into Brazil is deemed by the government to be in the public interest; and travelers in transit.
Any foreigner of any nationality who comes to the country in order to establish residence for a specific time and who has a temporary visa for the following purposes are also exempt:
- research, teaching or academic extension;
- making an investment;
- family reunion; or
- artistic or sports activities with a fixed-term contract.
Read the announcement.
Please note that exempted travelers by air must arrive at the following international airports (São Paulo International Airport, Tom Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Viracapos International Airport in Campinhas, and Brasilia International Airport) and travelers must present a medical declaration from a health authority or doctor that attests they do not have COVID-19.
Regarding the medical declaration requirement, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) has provided the following clarification:
Travelers must present a medical declaration issued by a health authority or a local doctor that certifies that the passenger is not infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (covid-19). Test results alone will not be accepted. The doctor’s declaration may be in English, Spanish or Portuguese. There is no specific template for the declaration. The Brazilian government recommends that the traveler have the medical declaration with the date as close as possible to the day of departure.
Regarding foreigners who are in a land border country and need to cross it to embark on a flight back to their country of residence may enter Brazil with authorization from the Federal Police and must follow the below steps:
- The foreigner must go directly to the airport;
- There must be an official note from the embassy or consulate of the country of citizenship; and
- The corresponding air tickets must be presented.
Entry into the United States
Entry is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation and Amendment, of non-Legal Permanent Resident foreign nationals who were present in Brazil within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States. The latest travel restriction does not apply to American citizens, legal permanent residents, most immediate family members of U.S. citizens, and other individuals who are identified in the proclamation. For more information about the Presidential Proclamation, please see the U.S. Embassy’s Fact Sheet.
U.S. bound commercial flights from Brazil continue to run. As flights are subject to change, please contact airlines directly for the most current schedule information. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial flight arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.
Brazil COVID-19 Travel Info
Dial 192 for emergency services in Brazil if you have severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing.
The government of Brazil announced regulations that automatically extend the length of stay for permanent residents and legal visitors in Brazil during the COVID-19 crisis prior to the border closures. The Brazilian government has indicated it will announce any future changes to the policy.
Several state and local governments across Brazil have issued decrees that restrict the movement of people and require the use of facial coverings (masks) to combat the spread of COVID-19. U.S. citizens should adhere to local laws and regulations at all times, including COVID-19 related restriction orders and mask policies.
- U.S. Embassy Brasilia Messages and Alerts to U.S. Citizens
- Brazil’s Ministry of Health
- Dial 136 to reach the Ministry of Health hotline. Additionally, many states in Brazil maintain their own hotlines and call-centers. Please refer to the list for state-specific phone numbers.
- The Ministry of Health has developed a variety of resources to answer COVID-19 related questions. Such as an app to track symptoms (more information) and WhatsApp numbers in which people can ask questions (more information).
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- CDC Brazil page
- state.gov Brazil Country Page and Brazil Travel Advisory page
- IRS Economic Impact Payment Information Center
- White House : Coronavirus Guidelines for America (PDF, 696 KB)
The Department of State encourages all U.S. citizens to enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security and health updates. Visit travel.state.gov to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security.
United States Embassy and Consulates General in Brazil:
U.S. Embassy Brasilia
SES – Av. das Nações, Quadra 801, Lote 03
Brasília, DF – 70403-900
Phone: (61) 3312-7000
After-Hours Emergencies: (61) 3312-7400
Embassy Branch Office in Belo Horizonte
Avenida do Contorno, 4520 / 2nd floor – Funcionários
Belo Horizonte, MG – 30110-028
Telephone: +55 (31) 3338-4000
U.S. Consulate General Recife
Rua Goncalves Maia, 163 Bairro Boa Vista
Recife, PE – 50.070-060
Phone: (81) 3416-3050
After-Hours Emergencies: (81) 99916-9470
U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro
Av. Presidente Wilson, 147 Castelo
Rio de Janeiro, RJ — 20030-020
Entrance at Rua Santa Luzia
Phone: (21) 3823-2000
After-Hours Emergencies: (21) 3823-2029
U.S. Consulate General São Paulo
Rua Henri Dunant, 500, Chácara Santo Antonio,
São Paulo, SP — 04709-110
Phone: (11) 3250-5000
After-Hours Emergencies: (11) 3250-5373
U.S. Consulate General Porto Alegre
Avenida Assis Brasil, 1889 Passo d’Areia
Porto Alegre, RS – 91350-110
After-Hours Emergencies: 51-3345-6000